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'Christmas Crackers Group Show' At Joan Clancy Gallery

Press Release December 2002

Christmas Crackers is the title of the group show which opens at Joan Clancy Gallery in the Ring Gaeltacht on December 6th.

Featuring the work of Martin Quigley, Alhma Roche, Ruth Lockhart, Ann Dunphy, Danny Cunningham, Blawnin Clancy and Rayleen Clancy the exhibition is energetic vibrant and full of joie de vivre, summer sunshine and that downright self-confidence and remarkable painting technique which comes only from hard work and studied discipline.

Alhma Roche born in Co Galway in 1971 is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design. She exhibits in Belltable Arts Centre Limerick, the Project Arts Centre and IMMA Dublin. She works in a variety of media including painting, photography, installation and performance, and is currently a guest artist with Artspace.

Ruth Lockhart has recently exhibited at The Guinness Gallery in Dublin. Her work process involves a mixture of automatism and studies from reality, drawing the viewer into a world of dreams, where things often are not what they seem. Born in Switzerland, Ruth has lived in Ireland since 1990 and graduated in Fine Art from DLCAD.

Danny Cunningham graduated from Crawford College of Art with a 1st Class Hons Degree in painting, and was recently awarded the WCC Bursary Award for the Tyrone Gutherie Centre. His current body of work is inspired by the Waterford and Wexford coastline.

Rayleen Clancy studied painting at NCAD and at San Francisco Art Institute. She graduated from DLCAD in Film Studies. She has exhibited solo in STAC and The Dye House Gallery Waterford, and is currently showing in the Oisin Gallery Dublin.

Blawnin Clancy's work depicts the human figure at play amidst the transparency, reflective qualities, hypnotic movement and ever changing patterns of water. A graduate of NCAD she also studied at CCAD. Her work hangs in civic, corporate and private collections.

Martin Quigley's new collection of land and waterscapes captures the essence and tranquillity of time and place. A lecturer at the Faculty of Art & Design in WIT, his work has gained global recognition and forms part of corporate, civic and private collections.

Ann Dunphy graduated from Crawford College of Art & Design and her recent solo show in Waterford Crystal Visitors' Centre earned strong critical acclaim. Her work is clearly influenced by summers spent in Spain and Italy, and hangs in corporate and civic collections.

This is a great opportunity to invest in something unique and lasting for Christmas, and there is the added incentive that the art will increase in value. Well worth a visit.

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